Wednesday, November 05, 2008

GLBT DIGEST - November 05, 2008

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New York Times
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-California Gay Marriage Ban Too Close to Call

Washington Post
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-California gay marriage vote still undecided
Even without the wait, gay rights activists had a rough day Tuesday. Ban-gay-marriage amendments were approved in Arizona and Florida, and gay rights forces suffered a loss in Arkansas, where voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. Supporters made clear that gays and lesbians were their main target. Elsewhere, voters in Colorado and South Dakota rejected measures that could have led to sweeping bans of abortion, and Washington became only the second state _ after Oregon _ to offer terminally ill people the option of physician-assisted suicide.

-Florida voters pass amendment banning gay marriage

-Arizona voters OK amendment banning gay marriage

-Ark. voters OK unmarried foster, adoption bans
Aimed primarily at keeping gays from becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Los Angles Times
Gay marriage ban - Yes 51.9% No 48.1%
[Ray's note: Not yet decided - but trend is not good]
Precincts reporting 92.3%,0,1293859.htmlstory?view=8&tab=0&fnum=0

Florida Blade
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-Obama beats McCain, but all anti-gay measures pass
Bittersweet victory in 2008 election

Marriage Equality News
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-AZ: Prop. 102 legislator loses seat
Source: Box Turtle Bulletin
As we continue to watch California's results trickle in, there are some silver linings to report. Arizona State Sen. Tim Bee (R-Tucson) lost his congressional race against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 55% to 43%, with 73% of precincts reporting. Bee is the guy responsible for casting the crucial sixteenth vote which put Prop 102 onto the Arizona ballot. His political career is now, fittingly, over. [.]

-CO: Marilyn Musgrave unseated; was prime sponsor of Federal Marriage Amendment
Source: Denver Post
GOP Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave was unseated tonight by Democratic challenger Betsy Markey after another intense campaign that blasted voters with nasty attack ads. Musgrave first won the 4th Congressional District in 2002 and has fought bitter campaigns to hang onto it ever since. The race, considered one of the most important in the country, was eyed by Democrats as key to expanding their control in Congress. Republicans have had control of the seat since 1972. [.]

Pink News - UK
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-Update 2: gay marriage ban supported by 51.7% of Californians
Proposition 8, the voter initiative ballot that seeks to make a constitutional change to effectively ban gay marriage in California, defining marriage as an act of union between a man and woman, currently looks likely to pass.

-President-elect Obama mentions gays in his first speech to the nation
Change has come to America - that was the message from the next President of the United States. Barack Obama appealed for unity and paid tribute to his Republican opponent Senator John McCain.

-Scottish blood service defends ban on gay donations
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has said that the rise in gay men becoming infected with the HIV virus meant the ban on blood donations from that group was justified. In a letter to the Scottish Parliament's petitions committee, the service claimed that some gay men are giving blood despite the ban and 86% of all new HIV infections occurring last year in Scotland were in gay men.

Detroit News

-Government shouldn't box out gay couples
by Deb Price
Curling up with a 28-page questionnaire from the U.S. Census Bureau isn't my fantasy of how to relax after work. But Joyce and I recently were picked along with 3 million other "housing unit addresses" to complete the annual American Community Survey. This nationwide survey, an upgrade from the Census long form, provides a snapshot of how folks live in America. Census says the chore takes about 38 minutes. In case you've got other plans for your time, Census mentions that federal law "requires that you provide the information asked in this survey to the best of your knowledge." That got our attention. So, Joyce and I began our journey into the sherbet green pages.

Forwarded from Gays Without Borders
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-Gay Refugee Will Be Deported From Greek Cypriot (November 02, 08)
We just received an urgent email from one of our alliances regarding to deportation of an Iranian queer asylum seeker from Cyprus to Iran. We call an "Urgent Action" to support him and stop his deportation by sending letters to Member of Parliament, European Member of Parliament or directly to Government of Cyprus.

Forwarded from Kenneth Sherrill - Ken's List
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-The Supreme Court specializes in law, not lexicography. But it will soon have to consider the meaning of that most versatile of four-letter words. The Oxford English Dictionary's three core entries on the word - noun, verb and interjection - are about six times as long as this article. That doesn't count about 30 derivations and compounds, all colorful and many recent. The nimble word, the dictionary tells us, can help express that a person is incompetent; that another is not be meddled with; that a situation has been botched; that one does not have the slightest clue; and, in a recent addition, that someone has enough money to be able to quit an unpleasantjob. You know the word I mean. A central question in the case of Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, to be argued Tuesday, is whether every permutation of the word evokes sex and thus runs afoul of indecency regulations, which prohibit the broadcasting of material that "depicts or describes sexual or excretory activities or organs."

Mark's List

-Halloween Photos! Hundreds of pics shot all over Florida!


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